Add aMember to existing large (500k posts) phpBB site for Annual Membership

Discussion in 'Installation' started by warwick_chapman, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. warwick_chapman

    warwick_chapman New Member

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    Howdy

    Do you envisage any issues adding aMember to an existing phpBB 3.0.12 site for implementing annual membership. I need to do this quite quickly and switch on Midnight 31 August (Sunday).

    Specifics:
    - I need to allow 90 trial for new users. After 90 days they must be asked to join.
    - I need to use "Firstname INITIALS Surname" as the username.
    - I need to build a custom registration form that takes more information than the standard phpBB registration form.
    - I need to integrate a local payment processor - I can modify an existing payment script to integrate with them - their API is pretty simple.
    - I want automatic membership renewal messages sent to the users.

    Any thoughts?

    Once purchased and installed, is the aMember code readable, editable or is it protected/bytecoded somehow (for purposes of implementing the payment processor).

    Ciao
    Warwick
  2. warwick_chapman

    warwick_chapman New Member

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    Tick tock. You guys have a sale waiting right here - just need some answers.
  3. thehpmc

    thehpmc Member

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    Many times aMember have advised answering of questions posted in forum is not guaranteed. Submit a support request and you will get all the answers.

    Regarding is the aMember code readable, yes it is and you can amend it anyway you want. aMember also provide special files so you can apply your customisations without risk of being over written by later upgrades.
  4. warwick_chapman

    warwick_chapman New Member

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    Thank you.

    Ps. A newcomer to the Forum does not know that.
  5. thehpmc

    thehpmc Member

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    Says so on forum index page
    http://www.amember.com/forum/
  6. warwick_chapman

    warwick_chapman New Member

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    OK, so my bad. Support is only available during work hours.

    Do you have any suggestions regarding the questions above. I appreciate the assistance.
  7. hilary

    hilary aMember Pro Customer

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    Well, you are learning Amember owner lesson #1 already - do not try anything tricky at weekends, when support is closed. During the week, support is terrific - best I've encountered anywhere - but they take weekends off.

    Well, I would recommend postponing - see above ;)

    But no, overall, I don't envisage issues. I've been using Amember with a great fat Vbulletin forum for many, many years with no problem. I've always been able to set up whatever configurations I could dream up.

    It's been so long since I set it up, though, that I can't remember what's involved in getting started. Hopefully there will be docs for that...

    Yes - set up a free product with 90 days duration, link it to the forum access you want, and send emails (or display user-specific notices in the forum if you can do that in phpbb) when time's up.
    Not sure. (I've always let my users choose their username.) You can get Amember to auto-generate a username just by removing these fields from the signup form (so the user can't choose them), but I don't know a way to specify how it's generated. Might require customisation - but don't quote me, I've never looked into this.
    Easy. Setup/configuration > forms editor. (And 'add user fields' if you need specialised fields.)
    As thehpmc said, the code is editable. Besides, are you sure they don't already have a plugin for the processor you have in mind? They include some 60-70 integrations. At the very least you will have a lot of examples when coding...
    Also easy. Use Amember's internal email system, which can set timings 'n days before expiry', or integrate with external solutions - Aweber (requires confirmation), Getresponse, locally installed things like Arpreach...
  8. warwick_chapman

    warwick_chapman New Member

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    Howdy

    Well I spent two days writing one from scratch. Its up and working. Not very useful for anything else in its current form - written as hackily as possible for this community.

    If I'd seen this earlier I'd have taken the plunge and bought it.
  9. warwick_chapman

    warwick_chapman New Member

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    PS. Thank you for the comprehensive reply. I really do appreciate it.

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